Girl Denied Admission To Secondary School Over Albinism

A 15-year-old girl in Kenya is set to miss a chance to pursue a secondary school education after several schools disown her for being an albino.

Winnie Jelimo, a resident of Nandi County in Kenya’s Rift Valley, sat for Kenya Primary Education Certificate (KCPE) and scored 347 out of 500 marks.

She hopes to be a doctor, but now her fate hangs in the balance after schools denied her admission for having an albinism condition.

Five schools have denied her admission, leaving her hope to join form one in disarray.

“My colleagues have secured their admissions to join Form One in various secondary schools, but I am left wondering what I did wrong to deserve this,” said Jelimo.

Her father, Samwell Kipruto, told the Standard Gazette that her daughter was called to join The Salvation Army Likoni, a school for the blind, in coastal Kenya but could not join the school since she is not blind.

“Am still wondering how she ended up being called there, yet she is not blind. She also didn’t register as a blind pupil. She did her exams like other normal pupils,” said Mr Kipruto.

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